We are less than a month away from our Masters of Food & Wine evening on Friday, September 23. I'm very excited to be partnering with local chocolatier Zoe Tsoukatos to prepare a five-course dinner at the chef's table, using hints of chocolate flavor in each of the dishes. Each course will be complemented with a selection of Pinot Noir from Napa Valley's Steele Wines, poured by the vineyard's owner & winemaker Jed Steele.
Here is a copy of the menu that Jed, Zoe and I put together.
2009 Shooting Star Aligote, Washington State
Fried Pork Trotter and Maine Scallp, Pink Star Anise Broth
2006 Carneros, Sangiacomo Vineyard
Roasted New York Squab, Cream of Chestnut and Hazelnut Praline, Black Currants
2008 Goodchild Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
Twelve-Hour Simmered Veal Cheeks with Cassia Cinnamon and Cacao Nibs, Celeriac and Pear Puree
2008 Carneros, Durell Vineyard
Confit of Lamb Belly with Neroli, Eggplant Jam, Ginger Baked Apple
1995 & 2000 Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, Block N
Baklava with Apple Caramel
1997 Late Harvest Chardonnay Carneros, Sangiacomo Vineyard
After dinner, join us on the Blue Duck Tavern terrace for an intimate gathering to sample more of Zoe's delicious artisan chocolate, plus organic rye whiskey tastings from Loudoun County's Catoctin Creek and Dominican cigars.
The dinner & post-dinner gathering are priced at $165, per person (including tax and gratuity). A limited number of seats are still available and can tickets can be purchased by calling +1 202 419 6768 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you on September 23.